Chiang Mai is Thailand's second largest city, located north of Bangkok and privacy an hour flight from Bangkok. Chiang Mai is not modern, not crowded, not many shopping malls, and not many entertainments like Bangkok but has a beautiful, peaceful, gentle appearance in its very own characteristics.
Chiang Mai does not have MRT or subway trains like Bangkok; public transport is mostly red cab, tuk tuk and taxi. Sitting in a red cab or tuk tuk looking at the street is quite interesting.
The city has a lot of green trees. Around November, the roads in Chiang Mai have beautiful blooming yellow flowers. The morning in Chiang Mai is pleasant, the streets are not crowded, the city gets up late and the cafes are also open late.
The famous Night Bazaar market starts in the evening and ends early in the next morning. There is a saying that "To Chiang Mai without visiting Night Bazaar is considered as not to Chiang Mai". Products sold at the market are handicrafts, handmade items of Chiang Mai and the northern provinces of Thailand. Handmade goods here are very beautiful, the price is cheap and good. The important thing is that the seller is very cute and pleasant. Night Bazaar is quite wide, stretching along both sides of the road and into the surrounding. Near the night market is a myriad of eateries, cafes, bars and massage at half the price of Bangkok and services are still good.
Despite being crowded, the night market still look peaceful and gentle as Chiang Mai itself. People here are very friendly, they always smile and are at a slow pace. Chiang Mai drivers can speak English, not well but they understand and speak basic things.
Doi Suthep is a must-see attraction in Chiang Mai. "Doi" in Thai means hill. The temple is located on the highest peak of Doi Su Thep. Take a tuk tuk to the foot of the hill and pick up a red cab to the top. The winding mountain pass is very beautiful and there are many green trees around. From the parking lot, you continue to climb more than 300 steps or take the elevator up for 50 baht. In Thailand, when you go to any temple, you have to take off your shoes and dress properly.
Temples and pagodas are not as big as Bangkok, but they look more ancient and historical because Chiang Mai is the center of Thai culture. Here, almost anyone has a time to stay in the pagoda for a while to cultivate their mind and soul. After that, they may decide to stay for the rest of life, or not return to normal life. This is the way to make people in Thailand become very gentle and friendly.
Traveling to Chiang Mai, you should not miss the White Temple, long neck ethnic people and go to the Golden Triangle. Chiang Rai is almost 200 km from Chiang Mai but the road is quite good. The most impressive in Chiang Rai is the White Temple or Wat Rong Khun, 13 km south of Chiang Rai, was built in the late 1990s. This beautiful and unique temple is the work of Chaloemchai Khositphiphat, now the most popular destination of visitors to Chiang Rai.
Like most places in Thailand, dining in Chiang Mai is also delicious. At night, you should see the traditional Lanna dance and have Khantoke dinners at the Old Cultural Center. The Lanna people were rulers of Chiang Mai before and have their own language and culture. If you come to Chiang Mai, you should join this show to learn more privacy the culture of the North.
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